Trouble for Mallya: Indian jails satisfactory, says UK court in bookie Sanjeev Chawla case

Trouble for Mallya: Indian jails satisfactory, says UK court in bookie Sanjeev Chawla case

Courtesy : Agencies27/11/2018 13:12

London, Nov 16: Quashing the discharge plea of match-fixing accused Sanjeev Chawla, a UK court has said, "Indian jails are satisfactory."

The court’s comments can have a major implication on India’s attempt to extradite fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is wanted in the country over a Rs 9,000 cr loan default. The condition of Indian jails is in focus in the extradition case.

Earlier, the UK High Court had stayed the Indian government's appeal against a lower court decision to deny the extradition request for Chawla, a key accused in the cricket match-fixing scandal involving former South African captain Hansie Cronje in 2000.

In July, a UK court had asked the Indian authorities to submit a video within three weeks of Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail cell where they plan to keep Vijay Mallya post-extradition, as it set September 12 as the date for closing arguments in his high-profile extradition trial.

The 62-year-old businessman's defence team, led by Clare Montgomery, has argued that India's jail cells are unsafe and used the same UK prisons expert as Chawla's team, Dr Alan Mitchell, to back up their claims.

The Indian authorities had done the needful in August and provided the UK Court with a video recording of barrack 12 for "the avoidance of doubt" over the availability of natural light in the cell where Mallya is expected to be detained pre-trial, during the trial and in the event he is convicted.

Mallya is in the UK since March 2016 and he was arrested by the Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant on April 18. However, he was soon granted bail by the court. India and the UK have an extradition treaty, signed in 1992, but so far only one extradition has taken place under the arrangement.

 

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